Song reviews

  Want Some by Chancellorpink

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Left outside

“Want Some” reminds me of the Talking Heads and Chancellorpink – a one man and his instrument band it would seem – walks down the same street as the aforementioned band to the arthouse. An OK song but one that would have benefitted from a proper chorus.

Review date:  September 3 2013

  Elbows and Eyesockets by Welch & Penn

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Uptown duo

It is perhaps unfair to call “Elbows and Eyesockets” coffee shop friendly but it does have that uptown big city vibe to it and Welch and Penn walk and talk – it would be way too harsh to call the vocal interjections a rap – their way down the street to the subway leading to confusion. There’s a very American pop punk sensibility underpinning the song however so they might yet have a practical use for their sunglasses.

Review date:  September 3 2013

  Little Bit Of Nothing by Kiya Lacey

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New in town

Old style – and I do mean style – song from Kiya Lacey as she delivers “Little Bit Of Nothing” like a seasoned professional from days gone by with the ultra slick backing band building the wall that keeps this young singer on the straight and narrow. Easy on the ear, as they say.

Review date:  September 3 2013

  Dissident by The Tranq

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Swedish indie

Determined to walk once more the path of deeply meaningful eighties style retro, The Tranq head for your conscience with “Dissident”. Insistent repetition gets the point across but the rather unexciting male vocals fail to deliver the passion such a song needs.

Review date:  August 24 2013

  I'm Not Alone by Riddley Walker

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A man alone

“And I’m Not Alone” is a vaguely ambient example of a man and his sensitivity with Riddley Walker spinning out a limited lyric out – a chant really – for the best part of five minutes. The song is best compared with George Harrison in his solo hippie days and would therefore benefit from an attack of the digital razor blade. Less is often more when it comes to music.

Review date:  August 24 2013

  Catalytic Conversion by Crownlarks

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Psych up the grunge

OK, it’s a grunged up bit of psych flavoured wandering musical indulgence but “Catalytic Conversion” convinces more than most in the all important area of musical competence. Given the right drugs this might just work for you.

Review date:  August 24 2013

  Key Biscayne by Chronic City

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Wistful duo

Austrian duo, although you’d never know it from the very American indie pop sound that infuses “Key Biscayne”,  Chronic City manage to stay this side of twee (but only just) as they go all wistful over those well practised laptop loops.

Review date:  August 24 2013

  A song by The Slytest

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Swedish popups

It would seem that Sweden does more than electro pop with The Slytest rocking it out like a cross between Deacon Blue and S Club 7. It’s that classic power pop sound in other words so welcome it with open arms (and ears).

Review date:  August 20 2013

  What If by Lorraine & The Borderlands

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Edinburgh princess

Typically lilting and endearing, the ever adorable Lorraine McCauley and her stalwart colleagues The Borderlands set out to charm with their folk flavoured “What If”. Wistful when done right – as here – is simply wonderful.

Review date:  August 20 2013

  Die großen Scheine by Rau

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Direct injection

"Die großen Scheine“ is a somewhat rigid take on that American power pop meets indie rock sound so beloved of American bands of the nineties by German band Rau. Rau, perhaps unsurprisingly, do a thoroughly competent job with this song.

Review date:  August 20 2013

  White Rooms by Stampede Road

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Fey fighters

There seems to be no shortage of light and fluffy sentimentality in Edinburgh these days and “White Rooms” by Stampede Road provides a further example to entice those east coast cardigan wearers out into the daylight. It isn’t the kind of song that would scare your granny but these purveyors of fey melody should be able to buy a few more lattés on the proceeds of this release.

Review date:  August 18 2013

  Way Down South by Pedro

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Glasgow rockers

“Way Down South” is a refreshingly energetic rock song that evades originality and instead heads off down the road to redemption land armed with a commendable sense of purpose, cigarette infused vocals and looking for a fight guitars. Just add a beer or six to enjoy this one.

Review date:  August 18 2013

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